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Handmade linear bricks complete cutting-edge Hallé Orchestra extension

Linear Handmade bricks by Imperial Bricks were specially manufactured for the extension of Halle St Peters in Manchester

Thirty-three different types of specially-shaped linear handmade bricks were created to complete a three-storey extension to the renowned Hallé St Peter’s building in the Ancoats area of central Manchester.

Working closely with architects Stephenson STUDIO – who won an international RIBA competition to design the extension – Imperial Bricks produced a bespoke linear brick to ensure ‘The Oglesby Centre’ complements the original Grade II listed building.

The new ‘Regal Blend’ features a special combination of multi and weathered linear handmade bricks with natural shade variations of red to orange.

Jonathan Schofield, writing in Confidentials.com/Manchester, notes: “The brick tones are a match for all the warm red brick so evident in Ancoats. Much modern brickwork in the city gets the shade wrong. Look at the old warehouses and factories and the Manchester brick was always a gentle orange rather than a fierce red.

At Hallé St. Peter’s the transition between the old brick and the new work is seamless.”

Linear Handmade bricks by Imperial Bricks were specially manufactured for the extension of Halle St Peters in Manchester

The award-winning design by Stephenson Studio features striking angular masonry facades, with the colour complementing the Grade II listed church. Image © Daniel Hopkinson

Since its conversion from a 19th Century church in 2013, the famous Hallé Orchestra has used St Peters for rehearsals, recording, and small performances. However, the space was too small to accommodate the building’s many different users, including the Hallé choirs and youth orchestra – as well as its role as a private hire venue.

The Oglesby Centre extension takes the form of a steel structure, echoing the shape of the old water tanks used in the area’s many former mills, supported on a brick plinth.

Linear Handmade bricks by Imperial Bricks were specially manufactured for the extension of Halle St Peters in Manchester

Linear Handmade bricks by Imperial Bricks were specially manufactured for the project, Image © Daniel Hopkinson

The £4.7 million project echoes the industrial past of the area, complementing the original building, while making a bold statement with its angular design. The result is a stunning addition to the revitalised area.

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To request a sample or find out more about our new linear bricks, get in touch on 01952 750 816 or email sales@imperialbricks.co.uk